Stephen Lawrence Day 2022 – A Legacy of Change

Today, 22nd April 2022, is the fifth Stephen Lawrence Day, since its introduction following the tireless advocacy of his parents, Neville Lawrence and Baroness Doreen Lawrence.

As a young person who was recently introduced to the details of the murder of Stephen Lawrence, it saddens me that when I Google searched his name the first few articles that popped up reduced him to a mere statistic – a black teenager who was murdered in a racist attack. It is obvious that he was so much more than that.

I think a lot of the time when recounting those who lost their lives in terrible circumstances, we tend to gloss over who they were as people and the lives they lived. After a while, we stop seeing those involved as individual innocents and merely another example of the extent of the institutionalised racism in the country. It pains me to see people be reduced to being another case to add to the long list of names of those killed in racial atrocities.  

Stephen Lawrence was an 18-year-old boy who lived in Eltham in South London. He had dreams and aspirations of becoming an architect. These were stopped in their tracks.  This Stephen Lawrence Day, I want to recall who Stephen Lawrence was, as a son, a brother, a cousin, a friend and most importantly a fellow man. I want to think about how, if he was not murdered, he would have achieved his dreams of being an architect.

Let us celebrate the life he did live, and the many accomplishments that his mother, Baroness Lawrence, has completed since that fateful day.  Like how she successfully campaigned for police reform and the elimination of double jeopardy (the principle that stopped suspects from being tried twice for the same crime). After founding the Stephen Lawrence Trust and opening the £10 million Stephen Lawrence Centre, in 2018 she achieved the ultimate goal of convincing the Prime Minister to introduce a day every year to commemorate the life of her son. The strength of Baroness Doreen Lawrence is extremely admirable and makes you ponder how much Stephen would have also achieved if he was alive today. 

Instead of this day being full of sorrow, I would like to instead celebrate Stephen Lawrence’s life and look forward to the impact his family’s legacy will have on future generations, on my generation and on me.

Moyin Babalola AMOS Bursary Progressive

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What’s on Your Bookshelf?

We’re always eager to share the knowledge so this World Book Day some of our alumni gave us an insight into their top reads.

The answers were nothing less than insightful so get ready for a bookshelf restock after you check these out.

  1. What book has had the biggest impact on your life to date and why?
“Since 2019, I’ve re-read this book over 4 times, bought it for my entire team and lived by all the teachings. It helped me pin down my purpose and taught me how to prioritise and win in all areas of my life (spiritually, physically, emotionally, professionally and financially). It came at a time when I would always get burned out. Thankfully since reading and taking the actions, that hasn’t happened again.”
“This showed me how ADHD can be a superpower!”
“This opened my mind to the wide range of aspects within the world of investing. It provides many great ideas on how to successfully invest in the stock market. There’s something in here for both new and experienced investors.”
“This book reinforced my understanding of how to embrace my versatility.”
“Reading this made me understand how detrimental limiting beliefs are to your capability of reaching your potential and taught me one of the mindsets universal to high achievers.”
“It’s more a business leadership book, however, in the abstract, the principles are applicable in leading one’s self to greatness. After reading it, I could instantly see the principle play out in real life.”

2. What is your number one must-read recommendation for all AB Students (other than Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, which we all know is an AMOS Bursary staple!)?

3. What was the last book you read?

“We couldn’t have a book recommendation list without mentioning this staple of The AMOS Bursary”

So like we said, time for a bookshelf re-stock! If you do pick up any of the recommendations above share your own review with us in the comments. Happy Reading!

AMOS Bursary Virtual Open Day – Wed 8th Dec 2021

So you’ve heard that The AMOS Bursary offers great opportunities but you have questions… we’re here to help! 

Sign up for our virtual open day this Wednesday 8th December 2021. You can come after school from 3.30pm or tell your teachers and get them to register the whole class or year group for 9.30am. 

This is a one hour session where AMOS staff and students will be available to tell you more about what it is like to be a part of the AMOS Bursary family and how you can join us.

Register your place now at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/211112492147 and find out how to build a foundation for your future!

 

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Student Applications Now Open!

We want to attract, develop, mentor and support the next generation of ambitious young people.

You will participate in unique opportunities, experiences and leadership programmes to develop your social and commercial skills. You will have access to outstanding mentors, older students, graduates and our growing spectrum of corporate and higher education partners.

We are looking for young people who:

– Are hardworking and committed to making the most of every opportunity, from year 12, through to graduation;

– Have achieved at least 6 grade 9–6 at GCSE level;

– Are predicted A-level grades A*–C and planning to go to university or apply for a higher apprenticeship;

– Meet our application selection criteria

If this is you, don’t delay, apply now at www.amosbursary.org.uk/students and build a foundation for your future!

 

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Colleen Amos awarded an OBE

There is no-one more noteworthy in this year’s list, who has transformed the lives of hundreds of young men of British African Caribbean heritage who have the academic ability to attend university but are held back by other factors, than Colleen Amos.

Awarded an OBE, Colleen is a member of the Windrush generation who turned her passion for education and tackling underachievement by founding the Amos Bursary. Through her expert skills of bringing together elite universities and our leading international firms, providing internships and personal development programmes, she has transformed the live of countless young men to secure professional careers and by developing them into our country’s future leaders.